The Sting by Kimberley Chambers

51F9I9jsy4L Synopsis: Tommy Boyle and Scratch always had each other’s backs. But old loyalties die hard on London’s streets, and when Tommy throws his lot in with the notorious Darling family, Scratch gets thrown to the wolves.


Shedding her old life for the Old Bill, Scratch goes undercover on Operation Sting. Bringing down the Darlings’ empire will be her duty – and getting revenge for an old friend’s sins will be her pleasure.


My Rating: 4/5

My Review: I will be honest and say I was a little torn about this book. I think with her previous books being so great I guess I had really high expectations. No this book was far from bad but for me it felt too similar to stuff she has previously written. I wrestled over the rating but in all truth I still loved the writing and story, so couldn’t rate it less than 4/5 but in truth there were a few things I didn’t like about it.

In one respect this was a classic Chambers books with plenty of skullduggery and characters that fit perfectly into this storyline. However, I know this may sound silly, but there were a few repeats in terms of names in this book. I am pretty sure we have had some overlap with other books and it just annoyed me a little bit. That aside the book still pulled me in as I read about Tommy Boyle.

For me although the book covers many years of Tommys life, the opening chapters and the earlier years were the best for me. Sometimes when authors become really popular very quickly some of the readers just rate all their books 5 star when in reality it may not be the best they have written. Personally as much as I loved the Butlers I was glad when the books were wrapped up because I think it had run its course. I was so looking forward to this latest release but upon reading all the reviews for some reason it just didn’t get further up my to read list. I was hoping this may be a little different from her previous books but I could’t help feeling it could have been a bit further removed.

This niggles aside it’s still a great read wand one which I enjoyed. I think Chambers is a cracking author and have never felt let down by a book (this one included) I guess I would just like to see something a little different.

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